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Visiting Houston A Scary Proposition For Opponents

‘The Cage’ has not been a friendly place for visiting teams, which is a big reason the Houston Cougars have won their past 10 true home games. Those 10 outings have seen Houston average a whopping 42.9 points while holding opponents to 20.2 points. The undefeated Cougars will host the UConn Huskies on Thursday night.

SHARK BITES
  • The UNDER is 5-1 in Houston’s past 6 games against the AAC.
  • Connecticut is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games on Thursday.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Connecticut's last 10 games.

Houston’s lone loss last season came at the hands of UConn despite the Huskies ultimately ending up 6-7 on the season. However, Greg Ward Jr. barely played in that outing as he was listed as the second-string quarterback due to injury and only threw four passes after Kyle Postma was hurt.

Receiver Noel Thomas continues to be the focal point of UConn’s offense, as the senior has 40 of the Huskies’ 81 receptions on the season. Thomas had his best game of the 2015 season against Houston, as he had seven catches for 108 yards with two touchdowns.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The home Houston Cougars were -24.5-point favorites in this NCAA football battle at Bovada earlier (watch for line movement). No over under line was available early in the week, but was set to be posted shortly.

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at Odds Shark pick a 29-9 result in favor of the Cougars. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

UCONN Huskies vs Houston Cougars Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the UCONN Huskies have seen them go 2-2 and 1-3 ATS so far this season, while the Houston Cougars are at 4-0 and 3-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Cougars are 1-3, while the Huskies are 2-2. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Houston vs UCONN injuries news.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Houston Cougars at No. 3 and the UCONN Huskies at No. 83 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Houston's No. 12-ranked offense, averaging 44.75 PPG, against a UCONN defense that ranks No. 46 this week at 22.5 PPG. The Houston aerial game is averaging 274.25 yards per game, more than the UCONN Huskies secondary allows through the air, 261.75 YPG per game.

Defensively, the UCONN Huskies feature the league's No. 85-rated road run defense, allowing 235 yards per game. Houston, meanwhile, ranks No. 35 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last gridiron battle, Noel Thomas did much of the damage, producing 111 receiving yards but UCONN managed to defeat the Huskies 31-24 at Rentschler Field.

Texas State didn't make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Cougars as Houston blasted them 64-3 in Week 4 action.

Betting Trends
  • Connecticut is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Connecticut is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Connecticut's last 10 games
  • Connecticut is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Houston is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games
  • Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Houston's last 11 games
  • Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

UCONN home to Cincinnati, Saturday, October 8th
Houston at Navy, Saturday, October 8th

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